Sunday, December 27, 2015

The 12 Days of Christmas Blog Series--Day 10--Ten Lords-a-Leaping

Merry Christmas!
Picture by, words by me. And yes, I know this picture does not portray leaping.
I have started these posts to tell you about the hidden meanings behind the verses of the song The Twelve Day of Christmas. This blog series was started by my friend Faith P..
I am doing it a little bit different than the other girls participating in it, but I am having fun with it. I am also sorry that I don't changed up these posts much, I haven't had time. But I hope you enjoy it; here we go!

On the 10th day of Christmas my true love gave to me! Ten Lords-A-Leaping!
So I guess the lords of leaping and the dancing ladies could choreograph something? But remember, while you're dancing, don't stumble over the french hen!
That didn't quite work. Maybe the dancers and leapers should stick to what they do best instead. Besides, this is too much company for me...why did my True Love (supposing I had one) hire these people anyway?

Well, according to information I found on this song, (noted later) it was written to help young Catholics, who were not supposed to be young Catholics. This song, though not making any sense while read by the "enemy", helped the young Catholics to learn their "tenets of faith".
From 1558-1829 Catholics were illegal in England. The Parliament had agreed to kill any participant active in the catholic faith. Therefore, anybody violating that law would be put to death. That is a little fast history I learned about the 12 Days Of Christmas song.

Traditionally, I would have started these posts 12 days before Christmas, right? Well not this time. I started 8 days before Christmas, and I shall overlap over Christmas. I also skipped a day earlier too. So that will put our schedule a day behind, but please keep reading.

Now what did all these verses stand for? This is what we will discover.

The greatest symbol: the, "my true love", mentioned in the song, stood for God.
And for today's gift, what did Ten Lords of Leaping stand for?

According to this Catholic song, Ten Lords of Leaping meant: "The Ten Commandments".
9. Nine Ladies Dancing: "The Nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit."
8. Eight Maids-a-Milking: "The Eight Beatitudes."
7.Seven Swans-a-Swimming: "The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit, the Seven Sacraments".
6. Six Geese of Laying: "The Six Days of Creation."
5. Five Golden Rings: "The First Five Books of the Old Testament, the 'Pentateuch'".
4. Four Calling Birds: "The Four Gospels and/or the Four Evangelists".
3. Three French Hens: "Faith, Hope and Charity, the Theological Virtues".
2. Two Turtle Doves: "The New and Old Testament".
1. A Partridge in a Pear Tree: "Jesus, the Son of God".

 Confused? Check out this link to learn a little more, this was my info source. And just to let all my readers know, I am not Catholic. I also give the credit for the descriptions of the meanings to this site. I did not make them up, and didn't reword them to much. It came from this page.

That's all for today!
Tune in for the 11th day. We are almost through with this series, what do you think?
Merry Christmas!
 This wonderful blog series was begun by Faith at Chosen Vessels. Also, I got my information on this from here.

1 comment:

  1. Amy, I think your "true love" needs a lecture in getting the right type of gifts. ;)
    Love learning this!


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